American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology One of the daughters of Gaea and Uranus who sought to rule heaven and were overthrown and supplanted by Zeus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female Titan; a woman of surpassing size or power.
- n. (Greek mythology) any of the primordial giant goddesses who were offspring of Uranus (heaven) and Gaea (earth) in ancient mythology
- Titan + -ess (Wiktionary)
“The ancient Greeks honored Rhea, the Titaness daughter of Uranus, the sky, and Gaia, the earth, who was known as the Mother of all the Gods.”
“Melpo Mene is named after the Greek muse of tragedy, who in mythology is the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne (the Titaness who rules memory).”
“O Titaness among deities! the covered outline of thine aspect sickens often through its uncertainty, but define to us one trait, show us one lineament, clear in awful sincerity; we may gasp in untold terror, but with that gasp we drink in a breath of thy divinity; our heart shakes, and its currents sway like rivers lifted by earthquake, but we have swallowed strength.”
“But whoever, in those mystic ages that have ceased to be historic and have become mythic, whoever made the Sphinx, -- whether it were some Titaness sequestered from all her kind by genie-spells, forced to live amid these desert solitudes, fed from the abundant hands of Nature, and taught by dreams inspired and twilight visions, --”
“The antique weapon was held by stout thongs to the wall; she plucked it from its fastenings with the strength of a Titaness.”
“And there's something so gloriously free in this high level common – as flat as if my Titaness had found a little Mont Blanc, and amused herself with patting it down like a dough-cake.”
“But you must imagine the estuary – you can only get that tiny peep of water, glittering like a great diamond that some young Titaness has flung out of her necklace, down among the hills.”
“Titaness, rising from her sleep, with trailing white robes, which caught on the trees and the points of rock, and hung in fleecy tatters on the hillside, and curled in snowy circles through the coves and hollows.”
“But the muse of their inspiration was not the tragic Titaness of Dürer's painting:”
“ Leto is a Titaness (Hesiod, _Theogony_, 404 ff.), an old local goddess, naturally a patron of children, and so of similar nature with Artemis, with whom she was often joined in worship.”
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